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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park: The top safari destination in Southern Tanzania

In Ruaha National Park, you can experience classic safari adventures without encountering many other travellers and safari vehicles. Famous for its high number of predators, elephants, and varied landscapes, walking safaris and hot air balloon rides. All you have to do is leave the popular northern circuit behind and venture South!

The allure of a Ruaha safari is easy to grasp: It’s a huge national park, covering diverse landscapes which are home to an equally diverse number of wildlife species. Wildlife sightings are phenomenal here! At the same time there are comparably few accommodations available. This, coupled with its location in the remote southern part of Tanzania, many miles away from the popular Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater means: Very few travellers make it to Ruaha.


Ruaha is famous for its high number of predators: lions, leopards, hyenas, African hunting dogs & more.

North & South

Across Ruaha, you will find species of both the northern as well as southern hemisphere.

Absolute Remoteness

Far from any major city and even further from the popular northern circuit, Ruaha is very remote.

What makes Ruaha National Park special?

Ruaha National Park, located in Tanzania, stands out as a remarkable destination due to its unique blend of diverse landscapes, rich biodiversity, and relative seclusion. Spanning over 20,000 square kilometers, it is the largest national park in Tanzania, encompassing a variety of ecosystems from savannahs and woodlands to riverine forests. This ecological diversity supports a wide array of wildlife, including large populations of elephants, lions, leopards, and African wild dogs, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. The Great Ruaha River, which winds through the park, provides a crucial water source and creates stunning vistas, especially during the dry season when animals congregate along its banks. Unlike more frequented parks such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Ruaha remains relatively off the beaten path, offering a more intimate and unspoiled safari experience. This combination of abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, and exclusivity makes Ruaha National Park a truly special destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

When to Go

As with many safari destinations, the dry season is the best time to visit Ruaha National Park. Between end of June and November, the mighty Ruaha River is one of the very few water sources for animals – an ideal area for great wildlife sightings. The weather is sunny and warm, but not too hot and the roads are dry and better to navigate. The rains start earlier than on the Northern Circuit and can begin as early as mid-December and last until March. The rainy season is a great time for birders as many migratory birds can be observed. However, during the rainy low season, some accommodations in Ruaha National Park close temporarily, so good planning is essential.

Dry Season - June to November

Best for wildlife sightings at the Ruaha River.

Green Season - December to May

Great for birding, but dense vegetation can make sightings difficult.

Why to Go

Exclusive and remote – perfect for photographers & safari lovers

It takes about four hours to drive from Iringa, a town of about 1 million people, to Ruaha National Park. And more than twice as long from the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. While it’s not exactly easy to reach, this is what makes Ruaha National Park special. It has all the ingredients for a perfect, classic safari: excellent wildlife, varied landscapes, personal accommodations. But less the number of vehicles and tourists you may find in the popular northern parks close to Arusha. If you’re a photographer or simply a passionate safari lover looking for an authentic experience, we recommend considering a trip to Ruaha.

Things to Do

Safari adventures on foot, in the car and in the skies

The main activity in Ruaha National Park are classic day-time game drives. Since there are very few tourist vehicles, it’s an ideal destination for photographers enjoying undisturbed views. On a walking safari, you will take a stroll amongst the mighty baobab trees accompanied by an experienced guide. On hot air balloon safaris, you glide across magical morning landscapes as the sun begins to rise – a special experience!

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Smart Planning

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Annually approved for tour operating activities by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

Quality Control

We personally inspect every lodge and park before they land on your travel itinerary

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